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  • Date:01 Jan 2014
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Stadium of Light
  • Attendance:39,757
  • Agbonlahor (14)
Goal!

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97mins

Shot by Fabian Delph went over the net.

95mins

The match has reached full-time.

95mins

Steven Fletcher is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

93mins

A cross is delivered by Emanuele Giaccherini.

93mins

Leandro Bacuna manages to make a clearance.

92mins

Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

91mins

Booking for Jozy Altidore for unsporting behaviour.

91mins

Jack Colback goes into the referee's book.

90mins

Clearance by Antonio Luna.

90mins

Jack Colback challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick.

89mins

Emanuele Giaccherini takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

87mins

Jack Colback takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.

86mins

Shot by Marc Albrighton went harmlessly over the bar.

83mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.

82mins

Marc Albrighton has an effort at goal. Vito Mannone parries the ball away.

80mins

Fabio Borini takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Nathan Baker.

80mins

Jack Colback produces a cross.

78mins

Andreas Weimann fouled by Ondrej Celustka, the ref awards a free kick.

77mins

Adam Johnson on for Valentin Roberge.

75mins

Clearance made by Matthew Lowton.

74mins

Bradley Guzan manages to make a clearance.

72mins

Clearance made by Ondrej Celustka.

72mins

Christian Benteke has an effort at goal. Blocked by Phil Bardsley.

71mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Modibo Diakite unfairly and gives away a free kick.

71mins

Shot by Steven Fletcher. Matthew Lowton gets a block in.

70mins

Marc Albrighton is brought on as a substitute for Ron Vlaar.

69mins

Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

67mins

Jozy Altidore comes on in place of Dong-Won Ji.

65mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabian Delph on Jack Colback.

64mins

Sung-Yeung Ki booked for time wasting.

62mins

Fabian Delph takes the free kick.

62mins

Modibo Diakite concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Benteke.

61mins

Fabio Borini takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.

61mins

Phil Bardsley crosses the ball.

60mins

Modibo Diakite manages to make a clearance.

58mins

Modibo Diakite gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Benteke.

57mins

Modibo Diakite manages to make a clearance.

56mins

Foul by Andreas Weimann on Dong-Won Ji, free kick awarded.

55mins

Jack Colback gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor.

55mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher by Antonio Luna.

54mins

Shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Modibo Diakite gets a block in.

53mins

Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

52mins

A cross is delivered by Ondrej Celustka.

48mins

Leandro Bacuna takes a shot. A parry by Vito Mannone prevents the goal.

48mins

Fabian Delph takes the free kick.

48mins

Modibo Diakite concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Benteke.

48mins

Clearance by Leandro Bacuna.

48mins

Phil Bardsley delivers the ball.

47mins

The referee gets the second half underway.

47mins

Clearance by Valentin Roberge.

46mins

Christian Benteke is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

46mins

(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Fabio Borini coming on for Lee Cattermole.

45mins

A cross is delivered by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

44mins

The ball is crossed by Ondrej Celustka.

44mins

The half-time whistle blows.

44mins

Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.

42mins

Shot by Dong-Won Ji. Blocked by Christian Benteke.

42mins

Jack Colback crosses the ball.

41mins

Free kick crossed by Emanuele Giaccherini.

40mins

Foul by Leandro Bacuna on Phil Bardsley, free kick awarded.

39mins

The official flags Gabriel Agbonlahor offside.

39mins

Leandro Bacuna challenges Valentin Roberge unfairly and gives away a free kick.

37mins

Shot by Sung-Yeung Ki. Ron Vlaar gets a block in.

34mins

Clearance by Ron Vlaar.

32mins

Clearance by Antonio Luna.

29mins

Christian Benteke takes a shot. Blocked by Modibo Diakite.

29mins

Leandro Bacuna concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Colback.

29mins

A cross is delivered by Ashley Westwood.

27mins

Sung-Yeung Ki has an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan makes a block.

26mins

The ball is crossed by Dong-Won Ji.

25mins

Vito Mannone takes the free kick.

25mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Modibo Diakite by Andreas Weimann.

25mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor has an effort at goal. Vito Mannone parries the ball but the danger is not over.

23mins

Clearance made by Nathan Baker.

21mins

Dong-Won Ji takes a shot. Fabian Delph gets a block in.

21mins

The ball is sent over by Ondrej Celustka.

20mins

Corner taken by Emanuele Giaccherini from the left by-line.

19mins

Phil Bardsley decides to take the corner short.

18mins

Shot by Leandro Bacuna went wide right of the target.

18mins

Dong-Won Ji sends in a cross.

17mins

Jack Colback takes a shot. Ron Vlaar gets a block in.

15mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor scores with their left foot. Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa.

14mins

Phil Bardsley restarts play with the free kick.

14mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Christian Benteke on Jack Colback.

13mins

The ball is sent over by Matthew Lowton.

11mins

Clearance by Valentin Roberge.

11mins

The ball is sent over by Leandro Bacuna.

11mins

The ball is crossed by Phil Bardsley.

9mins

The ball is sent over by Emanuele Giaccherini.

7mins

Steven Fletcher takes a weak shot and went wide left of the net.

6mins

Shot by Emanuele Giaccherini missed to the left of goal.

3mins

Christian Benteke concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Colback.

The referee gets the game underway.

Match Preview

Poyet buoyed by Black Cats revival Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will welcome Aston Villa to Wearside with a smile on his face after four points over Christmas dramatically improved his mood. The 46-year-old Uruguayan freely admits he is not the best person to be around when the Black Cats are losing games, and a shock victory at high-flying Everton on Boxing Day, following by a last-gasp draw at Cardiff 48 hours later proved the perfect tonic. Poyet's men remain at the foot of the Barclays Premier League table, but are now only two points adrift of safety, and while that may only represent a start, it is a source of contentment. Asked if it was currently easier to come to work, he said: "Yes. I am a normal person, yes. I am a bad loser, I have said many times, so when we lose, I am not a nice person to be around. "But it's the opposite now. I try to be realistic as well, but sometimes football is so good for me, I like it so much that you get so much involved, you forget about the rest of life, family, health and everything in the world. "But that lasts for a day or so. After that, we recover." Sunderland's plight remains parlous - they took just 14 points from their first 19 league games and need to improve upon that significantly over the second half of the season if they are to retain their top-flight status. However, 13 of those points have come from Poyet's 12 games at the helm, and while that ratio will have to increase substantially, a friendlier fixture list, which sees them lock horns with Villa, Fulham and Stoke in January, gives them an opportunity. Poyet said: "A few weeks or a few months ago, people were looking at the table and thinking it was impossible, and now we are there, so we have to make sure we don't stop and don't get complacent because we have done nothing. "Of course, we have done something important, but in reality it's nothing because it's all about what is coming next." Poyet launched his reign with a demoralising 4-0 defeat at Swansea on October 19, and he could have been forgiven for contemplating a repeat on his return to South Wales on Saturday when his side trailed 2-0 to Cardiff. However, a remarkable conclusion to the game saw substitutes Steven Fletcher and Jack Colback score to snatch a draw and confirm the manager's belief that his master plan is working. He said: "What I am seeing is that, even if we are having a bad spell during the game, we are going to have the other side of the coin and we are going to have a good spell, and if in that spell we take advantage and we score, we are going to be in a position to win games." Central defender Wes Brown will miss out once again as he completes his three-match ban, while partner John O'Shea remains a doubt with the shoulder injury which kept him out of both games over the festive period. Striker Fabio Borini, who was taken to hospital suffering from the after-effects of a virus during the game at Cardiff, has undergone tests to confirm there is no lasting problem and is rated at 50-50, while midfielder Adam Johnson is battling to shake off his own bout of illness. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert does not believe his side's Premier League position gives cause for negativity. The Villans point against Swansea, earned despite the visitors dominating for large periods at Villa Park, ended a run of four-straight defeats. Villa have won just one of their last eight Premier League fixtures, but Lambert feels their league position of 13th is not bad when put into perspective. He said: "The top five or six will always be that as there's too much money there because there is so much emphasis on the Champions League. "The revenue is too much and the players have x amount of millions. We're not in that position at the moment, this is a building block of players that will make a right good go at it. You have to keep building this club. "That project will take however long (owner) Randy Lerner gives me. That's the bottom line. It's not rocket science when you look at the number of managerial changes. Nothing is certain in football. "But we're three points from 10th. That's not a bad place to be, there's so far to go in this league, anything can happen." Sunderland remain bottom of the table after coming from 2-0 down to earn a draw at Cardiff, but the Black Cats have closed in on the teams above them in recent weeks.

Formation:433Manager: Gustavo Poyet

Sunderland

Formation: 442Manager: Paul Lambert

Aston Villa

  • Vito Mannone
  • Ondrej Celustka
  • Modibo Diakite
  • Valentin Roberge
  • Phil Bardsley
  • Sung-Yeung Ki
  • Lee Cattermole
  • Jack Colback
  • Emanuele Giaccherini
  • Steven Fletcher
  • Dong-Won Ji
  • SUBS
  • Andrea Dossena
  • Sebastian Larsson
  • Craig Gardner
  • Adam Johnson
  • Jordan Pickford
  • Jozy Altidore
  • Fabio Borini

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Match Report

Form Guide

    LLDDWD
  • Sunderland
  • VS
  • Aston Villa
  • WLLLLD

Last Meetings

  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 0
  • Sunderland
  • 30/11/2013
  • Aston Villa
  • 6 - 1
  • Sunderland
  • 29/04/2013
  • Sunderland
  • 0 - 1
  • Aston Villa
  • 03/11/2012
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 0
  • Sunderland
  • 21/04/2012
  • Sunderland
  • 2 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 29/10/2011
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 1
  • Sunderland
  • 05/01/2011

Top Scorers

Sunderland

  • S Fletcher 3
  • P Bardsley 2
  • E Giaccherini 2
  • J O'Shea 1
  • A Johnson 1
  • C Gardner 1
  • J Altidore 1
  • J Colback 1
  • F Borini 1

Aston Villa

  • L Kozak 4
  • C Benteke 3
  • G Agbonlahor 2
  • K El Ahmadi 2
  • L Bacuna 2
  • F Delph 1
  • A Weimann 1
  • A Westwood 1
  • A Luna 1

Goals

Sunderland

    • Total goals 47
    • Goals per game 15
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Aston Villa

    • Total goals 50
    • Goals per game 18
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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